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Flooding equals good business

Flooding equals good business in Manitou Springs

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - Nelson Ruffron keeps the doors of Hell's Kitchen restaurant open despite rain, floods and emergency sirens.

"The only day we close is Christmas."

Manitou Springs isn't a stranger to flash flooding since it's close to the Waldo Canyon burn scar.

Businesses at the bottom of Manitou Springs' hill are barricaded with sand bags to protect their building.

But Ruffron is sitting comfortable at the top of Manitou Springs where floods are water under the bridge.

"The flooding hasn't really affected us, we've been very fortunate it seems like most of the floodings take place on the other side of the park and some of the lower grounds. Some of the businesses have really been affected."

Mike Shultz is visiting Manitou Springs for the first time.

When it started to get cold and wet outside, the warmth of Hell's Kitchen was welcoming for him and his family.

"(It's a) good place to sit and have a warm piece of pizza and watch the rainfall outside."

Ruffron feels if there is more raining and flooding in Manitou, he might have to make a deal for customers on a rainy day.

"You know we haven't had a flood special up to this point but that's a great idea, I might have to implement one."

But for now, flooding isn't going to close the doors of Hell's Kitchen.


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